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Ditch the metal for a pedal with this guide to Austin's Bike to Work Day 2018

Ditch the metal for a pedal during Austin's Bike to Work Day 2018

Bike to Work Day
Ditch the car and pedal to work on Friday. Photo courtesy of Bike Austin

Bike Austin, the city's largest bicycling advocacy and education organization, hosts Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. Austin is one of only 52 major cities participating in the nationwide event encouraging people to bike to work by giving riders the chance to score free food, drinks, and prizes.

Participants in B2WD have a chance to win a pair of 2018 ACL Music Festival tickets from C3 Presents and can enjoy free passes and shower use at TownLake YMCA. Other prizes are available through the B2WD Passport Program. Pick up a passport at the first fueling station you visit and collect a stamp at each subsequent fueling station. Each stamp qualifies as one entry for door prizes, including a gift card to Hank’s, free juice from Jugo, gift cards from Magnolia Café, and more.

Those who don’t have a bike can download the Austin B-Cycle app for the day for real-time station B-cycle counts and route recommendations. For longer distances, commuters can use Cap Metro bike racks to shorten the ride.

The following local businesses serve as official fueling stations, offering complimentary drinks, snacks, and other goodies to bicyclists during their morning commute, from 6:30-9 am (find a map of locations here):

  •  AARP Texas
  • Alliance Transportation Group
  • Austin B-Cycle
  • Austin Beerworks
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Austin Transportation Department
  • Bennu Coffee
  • BikeALot
  • Birds Barbershop
  • Bouldin Creek Cafe
  • C3 Presents
  • Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
  • Crux Climbing Center
  • Cuvee Coffee Bar
  • Cycleast
  • Dia’s market
  • Easy Rider Pedicab
  • Fibercove
  • ForeFlight
  • Greater Goods Coffee Roasters
  • Hops & Grain Brewing
  • Houndstooth Coffee
  • LIVESTRONG
  • Monkey Wrench Bicycles
  • Mueller Neighborhood Association
  • Orange Coworking
  • Quack's 43rd Street Bakery
  • Regions Bank
  • Sayers Advisors
  • South Austin Medical Center
  • Spokesman
  • Starbucks at Anderson Mill
  • Sun & Ski
  • The Austin Coffee Trailer
  • The Paramount Theatre
  • TownLake YMCA
  • Upper Crust Bakery
  • Wells Branch Speedy Stop
  • Wheatsville Food Co-op

An after-party at Cheer Up Charlies features live music from 5-7 pm, cash bar, sparkling yerba mate courtesy of CLEAN Cause, and complimentary snacks by EPIC. Ten percent of all bar sales during the event will be donated to Bike Austin.

This is Austin’s eighth Bike to Work Day, and according to Bike Austin executive director Katie Deolloz, more than 3,000 local cyclists participated last year. Deolloz encourages everyone to consider biking to work, even just once a week. For those considering moving their commute to two wheels, Bike Austin provides routes from various places in the city and can connect you with other riders.